It is getting more and more challenging to avoid writing about current events and cultural news. While I prefer to focus on uplifting information that emphasizes hope for our culture, occasionally a story breaks through and seems to scream “say something about this!”
I came across this item recently and was stunned by it. It appears there is a serious discussion in the Scottish parliament about making dinner conversations a target of censorship. Yes, you read that right. They are debating a bill that would criminalize speech in the privacy of one’s own home.
The new bill would add an additional crime of “stirring up hate” against a protected group by “behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, or communicating threatening or abusive material to another person,” as well as the crime of possessing “inflammatory material.”
Since it would rely on participants in those conversations to report them, we are talking about snitching on friends and family. Furthermore, since evidence would presumably be needed to charge and convict people of saying bad things at dinner, the conversations would have to be recorded. Can you imagine something more insidious?
In some less than functional families, this law could be used as blackmail. “Give me ______or I will send the recording of you saying _______ to the Speech Department.” Think I’m exaggerating? Hope you’re right.
I’ve linked the news story below. Surely I don’t need to write any condemnations. I want to think that any of you reading this are having a moment of “Huh, wha…this is insane!”
To any politicians reading this, and anyone who thinks turning friends and family into snitches is a good idea, I say this. The more you trample on liberties, the wider and deeper the anger will grow. When the explosion happens, you can look back on your stupider moments like making dinner conversations a target and think “maybe that was a bad idea”.